MRAM (Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory) has been the next big thing in digital memory for over a decade. Now, Motorola spinoff Freescale has announced that it is making the technology commercially available. MRAM combines the advantages of Flash memory, which requires no power but is relatively slow and degrades over time, with the advantages of DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) which is durable and quick, but requires power to retain information. MRAM is faster than Flash, lasts indefinitely and preserves data without a power source.
IBM, Infineon, Renesas, Toshiba and NEC have all been in this race, but Freescale is first to market. Will Strauss, principal analyst at the Forward Concepts research firm, describes MRAM as “the Holy Grail of memory,” adding “I think it’s the most significant memory introduction so far in this decade, others have been evolutionary, this is completely new.” As might be expected, the initial megabit size will be low and the initial price and production costs will be high compared to conventional memory but, according to Freescale director of MRAM Saied Tehrani, “there’s nothing about the technology that says we can’t get there.”
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